Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

Child Welfare Budget and Funding Information

Wisconsin counties receive state funding allocations to assist in the operation of their child welfare programs.   Also available is information on the major sources of child welfare federal funding.

Doing Business with DCF provides information and resources for new and existing DCF contractors and grantees to help them comply with contract requirements. 

County Child Welfare Allocations for Calendar Year 2017

Calendar Year 2017 Child Welfare Allocations Table

This Excel spreadsheet presents the initial allocations for calendar year (CY) 2017 State-County Child Welfare Contract including Youth Aids and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) programs. County agencies can use these amounts for their CY 2017 budget planning.

Advisory Notification of Calendar Year 2017 Child Welfare Allocations

The memo provides information about the 2017 Child Welfare allocations contract including contract requirements.

Calendar Year 2016 Youth Aids Emergency Funds – Allocations

This document presents the emergency funds allocations for calendar year (CY) 2016 for Youth Aids in selected counties.

CY 2016 Youth Aids Emergency Funds – Allocations

This memo provides notification of the allocation amounts for CY 2016 Youth Aids Emergency Funds and explains the eligibility criteria for receiving these funds.

Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF)

The Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) grant focuses on helping families stay together. It seeks to prevent child abuse and neglect and the removal of children from their homes. It supports timely reunification where temporary removal was necessary for children’s safety. The program helps with adoptions for those children who cannot return home.

The federal government mandates that the grant award be spent:

  • 20% for family support
  • 20% for family preservation
  • 20% for time limited reunification
  • 20% for adoption
  • 20% for any of the above areas

In Wisconsin, the majority of grant funds go to county and tribal human and social service agencies. The funds help county and tribal agencies:

  • Operate preventive family preservation services
  • Community-based family support services for families at risk or in crisis

Tribal agencies use PSSF funds to put in place the Tribal Family Services Plan. County agencies use PSSF funds for services in:

  • Family preservation support
  • Time-limited reunification

PSSF funds also support the:

For additional information, please contact:
PSSF State Coordinator

Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Program

The Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Program provides federal reimbursement to states for the costs of children placed in foster homes or other types of out-of-home care under a court order or voluntary placement agreement.